When duty call's me, oh Lord,
Wherever Flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever Be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert,
and oh Lord, guide my every move,
for life is so precious,
please don't let us loose.
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property
And if according to thy will,
That I must give my life,
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord,
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife.
The Fireman's Prayer
Listen to Amazing Grace Played on Bagpipes
The men and women of today's fire service are confronted with a more dangerous
work environment than ever before. We are forced to continually change our
strategies and tactics to accomplish our tasks.
Our methods may change, but our goals remain the same as they were in the past,
to save lives and to protect property, sometimes at a terrible cost. This is what we do,
this is our chosen profession, this is the tradition of the fire fighter.
The fire service of today is ever changing, but is steeped in traditions 200 years old.
One such tradition is the sound of a bell.
In the past, as fire fighters began their tour of duty, it was the bell that signaled the
beginning of that day's shift. Throughout the day and night, each alarm was sounded
by a bell, which summoned these brave souls to fight fires and to place their lives in
jeopardy for the good of their fellow citizen. And when the fire was out and the alarm
had come to an end, it was the bell that signaled to all the completion of that call. When
a fire fighter had died in the line of duty, paying the supreme sacrifice, it was the mournful
toll of the bell that solemnly announced a comrades passing.
We utilize these traditions as symbols, which reflect honor and respect on those
who have given so much and who have served so well. To symbolize the devotion
that these brave souls had for their duty, a special signal of three rings, three times
each, represents the end of our comrades' duties and that they will be returning to
quarters. And so, to those who have selflessly given their lives for the good of their
fellow man, their tasks completed, their duties well done, to our comrades, their last
alarm, they are going home.
Ringing of the Bell
Jumpin' John F. Edwards
Laid to Rest February 25, 2012
Chief 1988-1996 Laid to Rest November 18,2017